CONGRATULATIONS to India and her scientists. Mudah2an ini sbg pemicu
bangs2 lain untuk turut berlomba memajukan ilmu pengetahuan. Jangan
hanya bingung dg klaim bhw di permukaan bulan masih tersisa bekas bulan
dibelah menjadi dua!
--- In email@example.com, "Sunny" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> November 16, 2008
> India celebrates planting its flag on moon
> NEW DELHI (AP) - India rejoiced Saturday at joining an elite club by
planting its flag on the moon as the country's space agency released the
first pictures of the cratered surface taken by its maiden lunar
> A probe sent late Friday from the orbiting mother spacecraft took
pictures and gathered other data India needs for a future moon landing
as it plummeted to a crash-landing at the moon's south pole, said Indian
Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad.
> The box-shaped probe was painted with India's saffron, white and green
flag, sparking celebrations in the country that is striving to become a
> "The tricolor has landed," the Hindustan Times said in a banner
headline, while The Asian Age proclaimed "India is big cheese."
> As India's economy has boomed in recent years, it has sought to
convert its newfound wealth - built on the nation's high-tech sector -
into political and military clout. The moon mission comes just months
after it finalized a deal with the United States that recognizes India
as a nuclear power, and leaders hope the mission will further enhance
> "This momentous achievement shall be etched in the history of India as
a grateful tribute to our scientific community for their resolute
efforts to take India to a global leadership position," said Sonia
Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party.
> To date only the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and
China - and now India - have sent missions to the moon.
> But while the celebrations conjured up images akin to that of the U.S.
flag unfurled on the moon by Apollo astronauts, India's flag is most
likely scattered over a wide swath of the moon's Shackleton crater after
the probe slammed into the surface at more than 3,100 miles (5,000
kilometers) per hour.
> The violent landing was planned and Indian scientists hope to study
the images and data sent back by the probe during its 25-minute descent
to prepare for a future "soft" landing, Guruprasad told The Associated
Press. It carried a video imaging system, a radar altimeter and a mass
> The video imaging system took pictures of the moon's surface, while
the altimeter measured the rate of descent of the probe and the mass
spectrometer studied the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.
> Guruprasad said the pictures that were released were raw images and
that scientists had not yet analyzed the information sent by the probe.
> It was the first stage of a two-year mission aimed at measuring not
only the surface of the moon, but what lies beneath. The probe was one
of 11 payloads on the spacecraft Chandrayaan-1. Chandrayaan means "moon
craft" in ancient Sanskrit.
> India plans to follow the mission by landing a rover on the moon in
2011 and, eventually, with a manned space program, though this has not
been authorized yet